The full trailer for Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys doco is here

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The full trailer for Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys doco is here

The film is derived from the band’s 2019 tour of the same name. The tour followed the release of the 2018 memoir, Beastie Boys Book.


“We wanted to be rappers so bad,” the band members say in the trailer. “But we were mediocre at best.” It didn’t take too long before things turned around, though. “We went from being famous in a 14 block radius to being on tour with Madonna and Rick Rubin.”


The Beasties’ Rubin-produced debut album Licensed to Ill went to number one in 1986. The success of the single ‘(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)’ essentially made the Beasties pop stars. However, they weren’t prepared for the success.


“We morphed from making fun of party bros to actually becoming those dudes,” Mike D says in the trailer. “We were burning out,” says Ad-Rock. 


It’s not the first time that Beastie Boys and Jonze have worked together. They collaborated on the videos for 1993’s ‘Time For Livin’, 1994’s ‘Sure Shot’ and ‘Ricky’s Theme’ and 2011’s ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’. Most famously, Jonze directed ‘Sabotage’, which parodies 1970s crime-action TV shows and became an MTV staple.


Check out the trailer here.